Ffion birdies her way to U14 triumph

Ffion Tynan

Gloucestershire’s Ffion Tynan beat par today to make up a four shot deficit and win the English U14 girls’ open championship on the Signature course at The Nottinghamshire.

The 13-year-old birdied the last two holes for one-under par 71. She finished six over par for the 54 hole championship and four shots clear of joint runners up, Elena Moosmann of Switzerland and overnight co-leader Kirttu Hiltunen of Finland. Zainab Jeppe (Mill Green) was fourth on 11-over.

Tynan, from Minchinhampton, said: “It means a lot to me to win this, it just shows I can do it.”

Her attitude today was straightforward: “I was four shots off the lead and just thinking ‘go out and have fun and do what you can do.’ I knew I could shoot a low score.”

She set out to play par golf, but did better than that, reaching the turn with eight pars and one birdie. She dropped her first shot on the 11th with a three-putt and had another bogey on the 16th before finishing in style, holing a 25ft putt on the 17th and 10-footer on 18.

“I was really excited,” she said. “On the 18th I just gave it a go, I had nothing to lose.”

Tynan started golf five years ago, having tried the game while on holiday in America. “I went to a golf camp and they said I had talent and to keep practising when I got home.”

Moosmann scored one-over 73 today while Kirtunen dropped back with seven-over 79. Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), who also shared the lead after 36 holes, had her challenge derailed when she hit three balls out of bounds on the par five 11th, notching up a 14. Despite that, she returned a score of 80, playing the other 17 holes in one-under par.

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